Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Program

At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine, a one-year advanced fellowship in pediatric transplant hepatology is offered to one qualified, promising physician.

Why choose Children’s?

As one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, Children’s has the expertise and clinical capacity to treat children with liver disease from the entirety of metro Atlanta and much of the state of Georgia, a clinical catchment area with a population of over 10 million. This is one of the country’s largest catchments for a single hospital system. Our dedicated team of pediatric hepatologists is experienced in the medical management of children with all types of liver diseases, from the most common to those rarely seen outside of the top pediatric hospitals.

Children's highlights

  • Ranked one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by Fortune magazine
  • Performed more than 400 pediatric liver transplants, which makes us one of only a few pediatric hospitals to reach such a milestone
  • Achieved some of the highest liver transplant survival rates for children with acute liver failure

Emory University School of Medicine highlights

  • Ranked among the top research medical schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report
  • Home to the Rollins School of Public Health and leading graduate medical education (GME) programs, including 12 pediatric subspecialty fellowships
  • Affiliated with other world-class institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Carter Center

Comprehensive program

With specially designed facilities, innovative equipment, educational programs and family support services, the Children’s Hepatology team offers comprehensive care to all patients. Our multidisciplinary approach integrates the efforts of many dedicated pediatric professionals, including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Nutritionists
  • Social workers
  • Child life specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Hospital teachers
  • Chaplains
  • Case coordinators 

Facility features

Our modern facilities offer advanced equipment and:

  • Full pre- and post-transplant outpatient services in one centralized location
  • A 18-bed inpatient unit for general hepatology and transplant patients
  • Convenient access to Emory University School of Medicine (located across the street)

Research

At Children’s, we are devoted to developing new and better preventative programs, diagnostic services and treatments through clinical and lab research. We have a rich, diverse and fast-growing research environment. Our areas of interest include:

  • Acute liver failure
  • Adolescent nonadherence and transition to adult care
  • Biliary atresia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Fatty liver disease
  • Hepatitis B and C therapy in children
  • Medical issues posttransplant
  • Neonatal alloimmune liver disease
  • Neonatal cholestatic liver disease
  • Noninvasive diagnosis of liver disease using MRI
  • Nutritional outcomes of liver transplant
  • Portal hypertension
  • Transplant rejection and immunologic tolerance

Additionally, we are uniquely positioned to advance research nationally by leveraging the vast capabilities in Atlanta, including:

  • Emory University School of Medicine
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Learn more about Children's research efforts

About Our Program

Accreditation

Our fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and meets the requirements for the American Board of Pediatrics Certificate of Added Qualification in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology.

Curriculum

Clinical rotations range from a total of six to nine months (depending on prior experience).

  • Rotations include inpatient and consultation service, outpatient transplant, general pediatric hepatology clinics with additional emphasis on pediatric obesity
  • Regular scheduled pathology and radiology conferences are held
  • Interaction and exposure to adult hepatology is present

In the multidisciplinary liver transplant clinics, fellows become familiar with the evaluation of patients with advanced liver disease, including the management of ascites, encephalopathy, variceal bleeding, abnormal growth and nutrition, as well as the long-term management of the pediatric liver transplant recipient.

Under the supervision of the pediatric hepatology faculty, fellows see patients in the clinic and follow them preoperatively, perioperatively and postoperatively, managing all aspects of the patient’s care. Additionally, fellows are exposed to transplant immunology, living donor liver transplantation and research opportunities in transplant hepatology.

How to apply

In order to be considered, applicants must have completed a three-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology.

A completed application file includes:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation in support of the application (at least two of which come from current pediatric gastroenterology faculty; letter should be sent directly by the faculty)

Required documents should be mailed to:

Rene Romero, M.D.
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
2015 Uppergate Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30322